Cystitis 

Introduction 

Urinary tract infections (UTIs)

GP Dr Sarah Jarvis talks about how urinary tract infections (UTIs) are caused, the symptoms and the treatment options available. Note: Cranberry supplements may be a more reliable source of cranberry than shop bought juice

Media last reviewed: 28/08/2013

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Cystitis is inflammation of the bladder, usually caused by a bladder infection.

Bladder infections can be caused by:

  • not emptying your bladder properly – for example, because of pregnancy or an enlarged prostate
  • damage or irritation around the urethra (the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body)
  • bacteria being transferred from the anus to the urethra – for example, during sex

Read more about the causes of cystitis.

Symptoms of cystitis include:

  • an urgent and often need to urinate
  • pain or stinging when you urinate
  • pain in the bladder

When to see your GP

The symptoms of cystitis can also be caused by other conditions, so children and men should always see their GP if they have symptoms of cystitis.

Women should see their GP if they experience the symptoms of cystitis for the first time. They should also return to their GP if they have cystitis more than three times in one year.

Find out more about how cystitis is diagnosed.

Cystitis in women

Cystitis is more common in women because women have a short urethra. The urethra's opening is also located very close to the anus (bottom), which makes it easy for bacteria from the anus to reach the bladder and cause an infection.

Almost all women will have cystitis at least once in their lifetime. Around one in five women who have had cystitis will get it again (known as recurrent cystitis). Cystitis can occur at any age, but it is more common in:

  • pregnant women
  • sexually active women
  • women who have been through the menopause

Cystitis in men

Cystitis is less common in men. It can be more serious in men because it could be caused by:

  • an underlying bladder or prostate infection, such as prostatitis
  • an obstruction in the urinary tract, such as a tumour or an enlarged prostate (the gland located between the penis and the bladder)

Male cystitis is not usually serious if treated quickly, but it can be very painful. Men who have unprotected anal sex are slightly more at risk of cystitis.

Treating cystitis

Mild cystitis usually clears up within a few days. You can treat it at home by drinking plenty of water and taking painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. It can also help if you do not have sex until it's cleared up as sex can make cystitis worse.

More severe cystitis may need treatment with antibiotics.

Read more information about how cystitis is treated and preventing cystitis.

Untreated bladder infections can cause kidney infections.

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xxdemandedxx said on 30 August 2014

I've had cystitis on a few occasions now and I find it unbearable; I honestly feel scared to go and urinate. I'm not sure what causes this issue for me but all I do know is that it's the worst feeling I have been through so far. I really hope that the NHS are able to find some kind of treatment that doesn't involve antibiotics so it can be bought over the counter.

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MeganGreen0x said on 30 July 2014

Hi, Im 21 years old and first got cysitis when I was around 14 years old! I dont really know what triggers mine, but I've now had it for nearly 4 days and it has been the most horrendous 4 days!!! I definatley find that lots of water and cranberry does help, but DO NOT drink the water too quickly it makes you go to the loo more and it was agonising yesterday, I nearly left work because I just couldnt help but cry!! I got some of the sachets from the chemist yesterday an have taken 3 so far, I definitley feel like they are helping, I agree with what people are saying, unless you experience this you just wouldnt understand what its like, ive been called 'dramatic' and a 'drama queen' obviously by men who have no idea, I agree that doctors need to have more of an awareness of thi because its made me moody, unhappy, and in pain! AWFUL, I also think antibiotics should e able to get from the chemist, we need cures for this ASAP, i dont ant to be waitng for doctors appoinment.

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chloedow_ said on 27 July 2014

Hi, I am 19 years old and over the past year I have been suffering with recurring UTI. Since the start of June 2014 I have been admitted to hospital 4 times with UTI/Kidney infections. I keep being sent home with oral antibiotics to take but they now seem to not be working? I was told by an A&E doctor on my last admission that y body will start to resist the antibiotics I now think that this is finally happening. I have seen a urologist who has told me I have a malfunction in the bladder but I am awaiting an op to have a look in my bladder but this is a long waiting game. I am always in a lot of pain along my lower back and along the lower part of my bladder, it feels like there is a lot of pressure and I cant keep of the toilet. I would appreciate any advice as I am struggling now. Many Thanks.

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G4geraldine said on 15 July 2014

I am currently suffering from a cystitis infection, my 3rd in 6 months. Such a nightmare. I have been sent home sick from work which is so inconvenient as i have so much to do but I couldn't handle sitting down with the pain for one more minute. My trigger is always sex and caffeine makes it ten times worse, but I have tried everything recommended by the doctors, cleaning before and after sex with water, urinating before and after sex, drinking water before and cleaning with a wet cloth after urinating, but as all you ladies who suffer in vein know that this is not always effective.
During one of my attacks, a pharmacist recommended an alternative to the powdered sachets. It's a liquid formula called Potassium Citrate Mixture. It's basically the same thing as the sachets but you get more and it's cheaper. I find it more effective than the sachets, although the taste will make your eyes water. You are supposed to dilute it with plenty of water but the pharmacist said to try and take it with as little water as possible, which I have been doing and it seems to relieve the symptoms quite quick. I have struggled to find it anywhere but my local pharmacy so it may be difficult for others to find. It always seems to last the course of the infection unlike the sachets which run out so quick.
I am tempted to try the mannose tablets but am unsure if the reviews are true, they would be very expensive if they didn't work.
I have also found in the past that taking a cranberry tablet with lots of water after sex can also prevent attacks.

Hope this helps

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Just Me 33 said on 04 May 2014

I have suffered horribly with cystitis since I was 16 and I'm in my 30s now. I always got it after sex no matter what I did - urinating straight after, showering with soap free washes, not wearing things, wiping front to back, drinking lots if water, drinking cranberry juice, sachets, tablets.... I tried everything. It was so bad I was having accidents which was horrific. Finally my GP put me in a long- term low dose antibiotic - first every day, now I just take it after sex so it stops the infection before it starts. It has completely changed my life. If I ever do get it now it's once in a blue moon and mild. I take trimethoprim - I'd really recommend asking your GP about it.

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Alh2014 said on 03 May 2014

Hi all, If there is no bacteria present in your urine tests, then it could be a condition called Interstitial Cystitis. I was diagnosed with this 6 years ago after, what I thought was 7 UTI's in as many months. Had to have surgery and then weekly instillations into my bladder for 4 months. Now I'm on low dose amitriptyline for rest of life. All the above helped heaps and now I only get a major flare up once every 6-12 months. Ask your doctor about it.

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kirstie21 said on 27 April 2014

I first got cystitis when I was around 16 and not sexually active. GCSE's and cystitis are not a good combo! I always had to be sent home as it was too unbearable being in that setting with something as horrible as cystitis. I'm 21 now and still get it every few weeks, most of the time it's mild and will go in a few hours. Every few months i'll get a real bad bout of it. I'm constantly on the toilet, can't talk to anyone and can't leave the house. Its torture!
I've noticed I do seem to get it more since I have been on the depo injection (contraception). This causes me to be a bit dry down there so using lube is necessary, which in turn fuels the cystitis I think.
Reading this page has definitely helped me and I intend to go down to the doctors and demand that something be done.

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User860353 said on 30 March 2014

I have suffered with Cystitis since I was 14 and I am now 23, although it seemed to have calmed down until I got with my partner two years ago now I seem to have an attack every month, I don't have no idea what the trigger is. Everytime I go to the GP and the urine is sent off to be tested it comes back clear. I have found over the years that only one antibiotic works for me and that is Cefalexin and my symptons seem to ease within a few hours, also taking ibuprofen helps, and drinking half a pint of water with a 1/3 of the sachets of cystitis relief in every drink as they only recommend taking 3 whole sachets a day. Also I try eat a little so I don't feel flushed out and weak.

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rjak said on 16 March 2014

I first got cystitis when I became sexually active, and ever since I get it around once or twice a month, after having sex. I suffer quite a lot as I am very sensitive in that area so the pain and discomfort is heightened, leaving me curled up with a horrible burning/stinging sensation that lasts for days. When I take paracetamol it dulls the pain a little but after a day of taking it, it has no effect on me any more. I also find that having a hot bath makes my pain worse as it makes the burning sensation feel stronger! I always find that instead of going to pee every time I need it, if I hold it in for as long as possible and then let it out in longer bursts it is less painful throughout the day. Going to the toilet constantly irritates the bladder and just worsens the pain. Drinking water is helpful and it neutralises the urine, but don't drink too much too quickly as this will just make you need the toilet even more which increases the pain.

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Prof said on 12 March 2014

xoEmmiox, you might like to try wearing a maxi sanitary towel at night, to allow you to sleep. Often the urge to urinate results in no actual urination, or just a trickle. With a thick sanitary towel on, you can relax and know that any urination will be absorbed by the pad.

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amy1411 said on 26 February 2014

I had a UTI twice in just under 2 weeks and my first time was absolute agony with the second less so. I went to the GP for antibiotics the first time and it seemed to have cleared after the 3 day course. Obviously it hadn't because of the second time but I had done my research now and so tried the dissolvable sachets you can get over the counter. However, this did not work and so I went back to the GP and got a longer and stronger course of antibiotics which really did seem to clear it after 4 days of the 7 day course. Additionally, I got some cranberry supplements as they're meant to help but in this case I can't say if they did.
But two days ago I felt the very first symptoms again, this time very mild and had gotten these cranberry supplements. So, instead of trying the sachets again or going to the GP, I just took double the normal dose of the cranberry supplements and now it's completely gone.
I just felt that I had to share this because it could have very easily been my third time in about 5 weeks but the cranberry pills really worked and I'd thoroughly recommend them :)

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xoEmmiox said on 17 February 2014

I'm 25 and I get cystitis a lot! I get mine after sex. Now I only have sex with my fiancé and cause I get it so much it puts me off having sex!
I've been up since 1.50am (it's now 4.15am) and have had to make a makeshift bed on my bathroom floor as every time I go back to bed I have to get up again! It's droving me mad cause all I want to do is sleep but it's so uncomfortable! Not to mention I'm freezing as well!
Anyone got any advice for me? I already take cranberry pills daily to prevent this but it doesn't seem to have worked and I drink lots when I've got it. I also follow the advice of peeing before and after sex. I've got antibiotics from the doctor. He gave me extra last time and said keep these for the next time. I've already started taking them!

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january13 said on 06 February 2014

I am 22 and have had recurring cystitis for a few years. It's 2 am and I cannot sleep for discomfort. It is a debilitating circumstance to find yourself in, especially when you suffer it at its worst. One year I had it every month, at my lowest pointl I had blinding back pain; I suppose it had spread to my kidneys (one unsympathetic dr didn't believe the pain I was in, another agreed that the pain was caused by the spread). It is extremely frustrating that this condition is not taken seriously in the medical profession, especially seeing as so many women suffer it and claim it has an immense impact on their lives. Personally, I cannot put it down to one thing, but I found that not using tampons stopped such regular recurrence (this has not been mentioned before? ), avoiding long baths with soapy products, using lubrication during sex and going to the toilet / washing with water after, and avoiding citrus fruit during an attack. Peraonally, cranberry does nothing for me, I just drink plenty of water and use the powedery cystitis relief sachets.
I truly am so sorry to hear the horrible effect this condition has on women of all ages, and wish there was more out there to help us. Love and sympathy to you all.

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inneedofadvice said on 02 February 2014

At the age of 22 I have suffered relentlessly for about 5 years of cystitis. I have had numerous trips to the GP being given antibiotics and having urine dip tests. After a terrible bout last October I had to go to A&E and be put on a drip to control the fever that accompanied the cystitis and was given an X-Ray as they were certain that I had kidney stones, to no avail.

As a newly qualified teacher, I have found it difficult to get through hour lessons without rushing to the loo. It has been a nightmare. At the final straw I went to the GP and demanded to be referred. I had my appointment two weeks ago and I have been diagnosed with a condition called intercystal cystitis. This means that cracks have formed in my bladder that are causing immense pain and discomfort.

I have a pre-operative assessment coming up soon and will then have a series of procedures to try to mend the cracks in my bladder. I have been given excellent support by the Urologist and I finally feel as though my problems are being dealt with rather than being palmed off with ineffective antibiotics.

Do not accept that 'it is something you will grow out of' and 'just drink lots of water' if your cystitis is reoccurring, as I wish I had put my foot down a long time ago to save myself a lot of discomfort and pain.

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laura12345 said on 08 December 2013

From my experience with chronic cystitis, there's not a "one size fits all" bladder pain sufferer - some people can effectively treat their symptoms at home; for others, the symptoms do not subside with antibiotics.

A few points that haven't been mentioned:

1. If you use recreational drugs it is extremely important for you to tell your GP. Even low doses of some recreational drugs are associated with an increased risk of bladder infections - especially ketamine.

2. Sometimes food allergies can be associated with an increased risk of bladder infections - the best way to test this is with the elimination diet, not "allergy tests" - gluten (wheat, rye, and barley) is a major culprit

3. If antibiotics don't work, you can ask for your urine to be sent off and cultured the next time you get an infection before taking them to identify the type of bacteria present in your urine and whether it might require a different type of antibiotic

Good 'bladder hygiene' is also important - loose clothes, cotton undies, using the toilet after sex, etc. Generally healthiness is important too - just a bit of exercise and some fruits and veggies.

Good luck all.

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LaurenWa said on 04 December 2013

I totally agree with Sarah, Waterfall D-Mannose is the best product I've found for Cystitis, you can get it in both tablet and powder form. I'm surprised how many people have suffered for so long just like I did, with little or no help from antibiotics. Really hope this helps others.

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Sarah_775 said on 02 December 2013

I have suffered from cystitis all my life, and have had countless trips to the doctors and hospital to try and work out why I get it so frequently. I know how frustrating it is, how painful, how exhausting, particularly when it keeps recurring. But unfortunately in the medical world, it is a very minor condition, and so you don't get a lot of sympathy. Every time I've been prescribed antibiotics it has only led to further problems, so I have looked elsewhere for treatment and advice. One of the main causes is often sex, so it is important to go to the toilet and have a wash with plain water after each time. This will help flush away any bacteria and prevent it reaching the urethra. Avoid using any soap 'down there' as it can be an irritant (even stuff like femfresh). As for treatment, cranberry juice is NOT very effective. It contains a lot of sugar which will 'feed' the bacteria likely to be causing the infection. It is best to cut out sugar altogether when suffering from cystitis. Dissolving 1tsp of bicarbonate of soda in water to drink several times a day is an effective home remedy (but be sure to down it quick, it tastes pretty disgusting). A hot water bottle can help with pain, along with ibuprofen (anti-inflammatory), and of course drink plenty of water and caffeine-free tea (caffeine has also been suggested to aggravate the urethra). But by far the best thing I have found is D-Mannose. I can't believe it is still not widely known about, it is the most effective and natural treatment I have come across. You can get it in tablet or powder form, and it can be used as a preventative measure as well as in higher doses for treatment- just look it up. I now rarely suffer from cystitis, but if I do, the symptoms usually go within a day. It is expensive, usually around £25 for 50 tablets, but it has changed my life immensely, so I'd say its worth it.

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Jodier1991 said on 20 November 2013

I have been suffering from cystitis for around 7 years now. Im 22 years old. I usually get it once a month. I have actually been doing quite well for a while up until I got a new partner recently and started having more frequent sexand ddrinking alcohol on weekends. Im currently sat on the loo as I write and have been since 3.30am. I feel shocking. My uti started Saturday however it felt like it cleared up yesterday after plenty of water. However I wokeup early hhours and found I was back to square one. Ive taken ibuprofen n cranberry tablet n im drinking a largegglass of water every 20 mins. I feel sick n very feverish. Im also suffering with terrible back pain. I can't o on like this its ruining my life. Any advice please other than going to the gp as they are useless.

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patmn said on 19 November 2013

Last Friday I developed cystitis. On checking the NHS page here and taking your advice I took pain killers as and when over the weekend. It is now Tuesday and I am very pleased to say the cystitis has gone. So Thank You for your advice. I shall come back in future if I am after any information for whatever.

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Scrappydo said on 04 November 2013

I have suffered from recurring cystitis for the past 15 years or so. My bladder got so weak and I had such a frequent need to urinate just a few drops her and there that it got to the point where I actually wet myself when I was out once. Sex and alcohol does trigger a worse attack than usual however I did tend to suffer constantly from it. My GP prescribed me all sorts of antibiotics which worked but it kept coming back. After having no joy with my GP I thought of trying concentrated cranberry tablets. I take them religiously every day along with drinking two litres of water every day and I hardly ever have an attack now (when I forget for a week or so though I do notice the cystitis sneak back). I would definitely recommend you try it with perhaps doubling the dose when you have an attack. Cranberry juice does tend to work also however you have to drink a lot of it and it does tend to get a bit sickly after a while, especially with all the sugar that goes in it.

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sleeplessnights said on 15 August 2013

Since I was a child I have suffered with cystitis, Now at 24 it is constant. I have a constant discomfort in my bladder, and my urethra burns constantly, (I do not have any STI's, just encase its suggested,) like a mild cystitis. I urinate 20+ times a day, with at least one disabling attack each month. Antibiotics only take the edge off. I don't quite know how to insist on further investigation without sound like a hypochondriac (specially as I'm about to become a student nurse.) Any advice on how to tackle the GP would be appreciated.

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User790269 said on 24 July 2013

Like the rest of you I have been hAving reoccurring cystitis for years - ive had tests, scans the lot but nothing new to report. A couple of months ago I read a similar story in a magazine and she suggested taking cranberry tablets. I've tried this and touch wood I haven't had a water infection since! You can buy them from a health store such as holland and Barrett. Try it guys! Hope it works for u too!

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NicholaF said on 12 July 2013

I have suffered with interstitial cystitis for about fifteen years now and have had recurrent infection for a couple of years as well. Ihave had some success with D-Mannose. You need to hold it in your bladder for an hour after you have taken it and I find I need to take a stronger dose than the one suggested by the manufacturer. I have also joined the Cystitis & Overactive Bladder Foundation and found their handbook on bacterial cystitis really good. They run an advice line too and I have had so much support and help from that.

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AnnaLiz said on 08 July 2013

Kirsty - Go back to your doctor and ask to try different antibiotics. I have suffered for 25 years with recurrent infections and many times the urine test has come back clear. I've then taken antibiotics and felt relief within a few days despite having had the symptoms for weeks and weeks. So there clearly was an infection to begin with. What I'm saying is that not all tests are accurate (low grade infections don't always show, especially if you've been drinking a lot of fluid to relieve the symptoms.) Interestingly, my new doctor just told me that cystitis caused by bacteria entering the urethra through sexual intercourse will not always show up in urine specimens. 10 years ago I went to see a urologist after getting an infection that did not show in the specimens and did not respond to the antibiotics (trimethoprim) prescribed by the doctor. I'd been in agony for weeks. The urologist gave me Ofloxacin for a week and then a month of a different anibiotic. That did the trick. This is after being told repeatedly by the GP that there was no infection. The urologist also told me that many people are resistant to Trimethoprim. He also gave me an antibiotic to take each time I had sex. This urologist was a Godsend. Please get further help. Insist on being referred to a urologist if the doctors can't help you. It's so painful and debilitating. Don't just accept that there's no treatment, you just need to find the right antibiotics for you.

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Kirsty_ said on 21 April 2013

i am 15, nearly 16, ive had cystitis for a couple of years now.. i am sexually active but when i first started getting cystitis i was not. i have been to the doctors, given them a urine sample, it came back that i have no infections, so what could possibly be creating this if i have no infection?

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Bargain hunt said on 06 March 2013

40 year old female . I have tried EVERYTHING ,, mannose is expensive I tried 3 lots £60 plus and it didn't work (not to sure the recommendations are genuine ), that's not to say it won't work for you . Washing before after sex , drinking gallons of water , light underwear , no coffee . Nothing worked . Infections continually , antibiotics fortnightly .
Finally went to see urologist , I now take nitrofurontoin 6 hours before and then another one 6 hours after sex . Even after a week pain free I feel so much better , still have to go for a cystoscopy which I'm not looking forward to but best to check everything is ok .
Always have some cymalon sachets handy and when ever you feel a tinge take one it takes the edge off the pain . Go and see a urologist if you can get referred .

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Juliet007 said on 23 February 2013

Try Mannose, I took the advice from this page, it does work waterfall mannose, many shops sell it, long term intermittent sufferer. Hoping this is it!

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serenity2013 said on 02 January 2013

I am almost in tear after reading the comments above. It is coming to 6am and I java spent a miserable night. This OS the second night of a short break with ky partner after we had been apart for some months. I suspectssd that I would start feeling the symptoms of cyctitis last night and I was right. As many have written, cystitis has been the bane of my life since o became sexually active. That is over 40 years ago! What is sad OS that for over 15 years I thought my partners had given me an STD!
It's recurring more often as I am so dry now I am older and I am beginning to suspect that the lubricants I use could also cause cystitis. As a result I fear to have sex, which makes me more dry, so its vicious circle that's ruining my sex life and my relationship! And I know there many young girls who will suffer the same fate!

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Laura543 said on 07 December 2012

I have had cystitis on and off since childhood but over the last couple of years I find myself with recurrent cystitis every other week. I can't sleep because of it, I can't sit down, I can't drive, I can hardly walk, I have a high temperature, I am nauseous, it burns to pee and hardly anything comes out and I need to go all the time.
I have been on lots of different anti biotics and have now been put on a 3 month course of 'Trimethopirm' ...for the first few times the infection seemed to be responsive to Macrodantin but now it takes longer and longer for the pain to go and my latest course of Cefalexin has not worked at all.
The doctors are really unsympathetic, I feel frustrated, upset and angry that nothing more is being done to investigate this condition.
I'm going to try mannose thanks to your reccommendations - i'm determined to find an alternative way to overcome this.

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sarahmellangell said on 09 August 2012

Hi, i second what Spayne has said! My life has totally been changed by taking a pure dose of mannose. I searched for ages for an alternative to antibiotics and cranberry really did not help! Mannose can completely remove the bacteria from your bladder in a short amount of time as it attaches itself to bacteria and then you pass it out.
If only one person who sees this is helped by it then i will be happy as this is such a horrible condition to have to live with.

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spayne said on 16 February 2012

by the way mannose is not the same as the stuff you buy in chemists, which doesn't work at all for me. And sorry for the double post, don't know how that happened.

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spayne said on 16 February 2012

I get so frustrated by this - I recommend anyone with cystitis PLEASE try taking a powder called mannose. I won't recommend a site to buy it from as I don't want this to be mistaken for a sales pitch- there are loads of sites around selling it. I was taking antibiotics constantly before I found it, and they stopped working pretty much. mannose saved me! It's a concentrated sugar, the same kind of thing that is found in cranberry juice. It works in 80% of infections (the ones caused by e-coli) and gives you relief within hours, and can be taken harmlessly as a maintenance dose to prevent recurrences. I tried telling my doctor about it but she wasn't interested - it's ridiculous that antibiotics remain the only line of defence for this condition!

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sharna85 said on 31 December 2011

im 26, I had cervical cancer in 2010, i had the all clear in march 2011, i had to have radiotherapy to my pelvis area, i now am suffering from radiation cystitus :-( i have blood in my urine and cystitus burning sensation i find if i dont drink enough i get blood clots too. does anyone know if cranberry berries would ease this?

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rosie_p said on 13 November 2011

To the commenter below who's had recurring cystitis for 8 years, just want to say that my mum had this after she had a caesaren- the usual antibiotics wouldn't work and it just would keep coming back. What she did was ask for an extra strength antibiotic and that seemed to finally zap it all! Everyone's different I guess, but worth a go if you haven't already asked your gp.
I know how horrible this problem is, I went through a phase of getting it every few months when I first became sexually active. now it's about once a year and it's awful when it happens. Even when you don't have it, being prone to cystitis really restricts you in what you can do, you're hesitant about sex, what shower gel you can use, even going swimming in case the chlorine causes irritation, ugh!
What I find really good for the pain is a couple of alka seltzers, takes the burning away. Also, a hot water bottle on your lower abdomen, where your bladder is I guess, helps too. What I'd recommend to anyone who is suffering this for the first time is get an appointment with your doctor asap. Ask them to put you on the triarge list if you can't get an appointment that same day. In my experience it doesn't go away by itself so get to the gp and ask for some antibiotics.

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rosie_p said on 13 November 2011

To the commenter below who's had recurring cystitis for 8 years, just want to say that my mum had this after she had a caesaren- the usual antibiotics wouldn't work and it just would keep coming back. What she did was ask for an extra strength antibiotic and that seemed to finally zap it all! Everyone's different I guess, but worth a go if you haven't already asked your gp.
I know how horrible this problem is, I went through a phase of getting it every few months when I first became sexually active. now it's about once a year and it's awful when it happens. Even when you don't have it, being prone to cystitis really restricts you in what you can do, you're hesitant about sex, what shower gel you can use, even going swimming in case the chlorine causes irritation, ugh!
What I find really good for the pain is a couple of alka seltzers, takes the burning away. Also, a hot water bottle on your lower abdomen, where your bladder is I guess, helps too. What I'd recommend to anyone who is suffering this for the first time is get an appointment with your doctor asap. Ask them to put you on the triarge list if you can't get an appointment that same day. In my experience it doesn't go away by itself so get to the gp and ask for some antibiotics.

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Johurst88 said on 03 November 2011

I always get cystitis! - on and off since I was a girl but it is only as an adult I have noticed the patterns. I seem to get it if I don't drink enough water, the best way to check this is the colour of your pee. If its yellowy colour then that's not good and means you need to drink more water.
If I want to drink coffee during the day then I make sure I have a bottle of water on my desk at work to sip at too. If I want to go out drinking alcohol then before I go to bed have a pint of water (this also helps the hag over too!).
Also if I feel like my cystitis is coming on I drink a whole carton of cranberry juice (usually 'ocean spray' as they have a higher content of cranberry in it), or if you can find them in the shops, real cranberry fruit is good too!
If it keeps coming back, I sometimes buy treatment from the chemist which usually comes in powder form which you mix with a drink, and I make sure I drink a glass of cranberry every day.
I would book an appointment with the doctor, even when it hurts and there is a bit of blood (as stated in the video), but usually by the time I get an appointment the above system I've put in place has usually already sorted it out!

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Johurst88 said on 02 November 2011

I have had cystitis on and off since I was a child and only as an adult have I found a pattern. I find I get cystitis if I don't drink enough water. If I want to drink alcohol or coffee, I make sure I drink water as well throughout the day, and if I've been drinking alcohol on a night out, I have a pint of water before I get ready for bed. Also if I feel like my cystitis is coming on, I drink a whole carton of cranberry juice, and try to nip it in the bud, or if you can find them in the shops, actual cranberry fruit. If my cystitis keeps coming back, I sometimes use cystitis treatment from the chemist, and make sure I drink a glass of cranberry every day to keep the levels up. I do this because by the time I actually get an appointment for the doctors for anti-bi the cranberry usually has already sorted it out!

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Johurst88 said on 02 November 2011

I have had cystitis on and off since I was a child and only as an adult have I found a pattern. I find I get cystitis if I don't drink enough water. If I want to drink alcohol or coffee, I make sure I drink water as well throughout the day, and if I've been drinking alcohol on a night out, I have a pint of water before I get ready for bed. Also if I feel like my cystitis is coming on, I drink a whole carton of cranberry juice, and try to nip it in the bud, or if you can find them in the shops, actual cranberry fruit. If my cystitis keeps coming back, I sometimes use cystitis treatment from the chemist, and make sure I drink a glass of cranberry every day to keep the levels up. I do this because by the time I actually get an appointment for the doctors for anti-bi the cranberry usually has already sorted it out!

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User612038 said on 01 November 2011

This is just pure rubbish.... for any1 who gets this constantly will under stand what I mean! why is there no cure other then anti-bi's surly some medical professional some where in the world can find a cure all your gp says is anti-bi's which never work god we are getting punished! all the things we enjoy sex, alcohol, coffee etc all triggers this off! I'd love to know if a cure could ever be found as i Have had this for 8 years and hate it

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